I hate bios. Especially when they're written in third
person. Like, "In her spare time, Alison loves to
speak Russian and play extreme Frisbee." As if someone
else were writing about me, even though I'm the
writer. But I've had enough people ask me how I
started writing about country music, so I feel like I
owe them something.
For the past 20 years, I've been a copywriter at
various advertising agencies. So I've written about
everything from wine to baby food to antifreeze. And
while I was doing all that writing, I was listening to
country music. As much as I could get my hands on.
I've never been addicted to drugs, but I can see how
easily you could start down that slippery slope. First
there were the Garth Brooks cassettes in my Walkman.
Then I started tuning into country radio stations.
Then I joined a couple fan clubs. Then came the
concerts (and learning how to sneak my camera in). Ask
any of my friends, my husband or my three kids: I'm
The only antidote was to find an outlet for my
ramblings about the music. I was blessed enough to
find an editor who liked the idea of a fan who could
write. (I like to think I'm a fan first, and a
journalist second.) The assignments kept coming, and
now not a day goes by that Iím not writing, blogging
or shooting something country. Itís seriously the best
gig a girl could ever get.